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South Africa gold miners die after earthquake strikes

Image copyright AFP Image caption The epicentre of the earthquake struck near where the miners were working Four miners have died after an earthquake caused a cave-in at a South African gold mine. The miners were among 10 rescued from Sibanye-Stillwater’s Masakhane mine, west of Johannesburg, after the incident on Thursday. Three miners remain trapped, […]

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Iran pushes app with 'Death to America' emoji

Image copyright Soroush Image caption “Death to America”, “Death to Freemasons” and “Let’s go pray” are among the stickers available for users Iran is promoting a domestically-produced mobile messaging app, complete with a “Death to America” emoji, in an attempt to get millions of Iranians to abandon the popular Telegram service, which it blames for […]

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Chinese university hosts 'grenade-throwing' contest

Image copyright Wikimedia Commons Image caption The North University of China wants students to put down their javelins and pick up their hand grenades A Chinese university has decided to liven up its annual sports day by hosting a grenade-tossing event, it’s reported. According to the China Youth Daily newspaper, the North University of China […]

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Tale of two cities

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption One voter leapt with joy in Barcelona; meanwhile this man made a plea for unity in Madrid As the Catalan independence referendum was held on Sunday, the mood in Spain’s two biggest cities could not have been more different. In Barcelona, people turned out defiantly to vote in a referendum […]

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Catalan referendum: Catalonia has 'won right to statehood'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCatalans sing their anthem ‘Els Segadors’, or ‘The Reapers’ Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence. He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence. Catalan officials […]